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Monika Bauerlein

11 a.m. Saturday

Monika Bauerlein is CEO and president of Mother Jones. At 11 a.m. Saturday, she will be a keynote speaker on her role at the iconic American magazine.

Then, at 1 p.m., Bauerlein will lead a panel discussion on coverage of climate coverage.

MoJo presents news, commentary and investigative reporting on topics including politics, the environment, human rights and culture.

Under Bauerlein’s leadership, with vice president and then co-editor Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones expanded with a Washington, D.C., bureau and innovated digitally to build a 10-fold increase in traffic. Bauerlein is a former investigative editor and alternative-weekly editor.

In recognition of their support for investigative reporting and independent journalists, Bauerlein and Jeffery have been awarded the 2019 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

Debra Cleaver

3 p.m. Saturday

Debra Cleaver, the founder and former CEO of, speaks at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cleaver is a pioneer in digital voter registration and absentee voting. Founded as, has registered almost 2 million voters since 2016. Cleaver developed and expanded peer-to-peer SMS as a voter-registration and get-out-the-vote tactic in 2016. She then scaled the program to reach millions in 2018.

Under her leadership, enabled voters to do everything from register to vote to find their polling places — and then it gave those tools to any person, organization or company.

Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigate the morning after fire swept through the illegally converted warehouse known as the Ghost Ship, killing 36 people trapped inside during a concert. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

East Bay Times

6 p.m. Thursday

Journalists from the East Bay Times, in Walnut Creek, California, will revisit their extensive coverage of the December 2016 Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse party.

Scheduled to speak on the panel are (from left) Julia Prodis Sulek, David DeBolt, Thomas Peele, Ray Chavez and Robert Salonga.

The Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for its efforts. One of its narrative stories, “The Last Hours of the Ghost Ship,” won enormous praise for taking readers inside the warehouse as the fire started, then raged out of control, as Oakland firefighters fought to save those inside, the Times story on the Pulitzer said.

Kevin Fagan and Brant Ward

11 a.m. Friday

Kevin Fagan is a veteran reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. He specializes in enterprise news-feature writing and breaking news, taking particular pleasure in ferreting out stories others might not find — from profiling the desperate lives of homeless drug addicts to riding the rails with hobos, finding people who sleep in coffins and detailing the intricacies of hunting down serial killers. 

From 2003 to 2006, Fagan was the only beat reporter in the United States covering homelessness full time. He has witnessed seven prison executions and has covered many of the biggest breaking stories of our time, from the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the Columbine High School massacre to the 2008 presidential election, the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping case and the Occupy movement. 

Fagan has won more than 80 national and regional awards, including the national James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, as well as a Knight Fellowship to Stanford University.

Brant Ward is an award-winning photographer based in Sonoma County, California, with more than three decades’ experience documenting social issues, poverty, politics, major sporting events and human conflict all over the world.

Before he retired as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, he was honored nationally for his work including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, POYi World Understanding award, the James Aronson award for Social Justice and the Harry Chapin Media award. Ward has also won awards from the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and local organizations. Ward is a champion of nonprofits and the underprivileged and brings a sense of compassion and humility to all his work.

Major Garrett, of CBS News, who had accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker, has since declined and sends his regrets. He will be on assignment covering the South Carolina presidential primary.

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